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September 18, 2021

High Rentals: Locals Back To Village

High rental fees are a major contributing factor to the unemployment rate in many towns and cities in Papua New Guinea.

In Central Province, this has forced many Papuan locals, to return to their villages to make a living from what they believe is much cheaper than the city. Kido village in the Kairuku Hiri District is no different.


Those mostly affected are the ones earning around three hundred kina per fortnight. Many have left jobs and are now earning money through the sale of fish and crab.


According to locals here, the increasing number of youths returning to the villages is causing more social problems for the village community.


In a conversation with a youth, the youth told EMTV that the accommodation and the increase in food prices, including transportation, was the reason why he returned News.


Village elders have also raised concerns that most youths have left the village in search of jobs only to return with a family of their own.


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